Images From Hurricane Irma As It Storms Through Florida and the Caribbean

Sep 10, 2017

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Irma is one of the most powerful hurricanes to reach the US mainland in years, and its enormous strength and capability for destruction can’t be overstated. But words aren’t as compelling as pictures when it comes to describing this historical storm. Here are some images from the path of Hurricane Irma — before its arrival, during its current lashing of Florida, and the aftermath in Cuba and the Caribbean.

BOCA RATON, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Winds lash palm trees as Hurricane Irma strikes on September 10, 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm today, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
The scene in Boca Raton, Florida — winds in the state from Hurricane Irma have reached 130 mph. Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Large waves produced by Hurricane Irma crash into the end of Anglins Fishing Pier September 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Hurricane-induced waves at the Anglins Fishing Pier in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Flooding in Miami as seen from the SLS Brickell. Photo by Fabiolopesmiami on Instagram.
Flooding in Miami as seen from the SLS Brickell. Photo by Fabiolopesmiami on Instagram.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: A tree is felled by winds produced by Hurricane Irma September 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. after raking across the north coast of Cuba. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Even with the storm tracking up the opposite coast of Florida, winds from Irma still brought down trees in Ft. Lauderdale. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Northbound traffic on the turnpike near Sunrise Blvd. was backing up in the rain Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 near Sunrise, Fla. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
The largest mandatory evacuation in US history was ordered in Florida this week, causing heavy traffic on the Florida Turnpike, where tolls were waived to ease evacuation efforts. Photo by Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images.

Dogs sit inside their cages as hundreds of people gather in a pet-friendly emergency shelter at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida, September 8, 2017, ahead of Hurricane Irma.Florida Governor Rick Scott warned that all of the state's 20 million inhabitants should be prepared to evacuate as Hurricane Irma bears down for a direct hit on the southern US state. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Pets are welcome in this emergency shelter in the Miami area. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images.
TOPSHOT - Local residents return home after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, Villa Clara province, 330km east of Havana, on September 9, 2017.Irma's blast through the Cuban coastline weakened the storm to a Category Three, but it is still packing 125 mile-an-hour winds (205 kilometer per hour) and was expected to regain power before hitting the Florida Keys early Sunday, US forecasters said. The Cuban government extended its maximum state of alert to three additional provinces, including Havana, amid fears of flooding in low-lying areas. / AFP PHOTO / ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)
Irma has already passed over Cuba, but caused significant damage and flooding in some areas in the island nation. Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images.
TOPSHOT - Cubans stand bt a collapsed building in Havana, on September 9, 2017. Irma's blast through the Cuban coastline weakened the storm to a Category Three, but it is still packing 125 mile-an-hour winds (205 kilometer per hour) and was expected to regain power before hitting the Florida Keys early Sunday, US forecasters said. The Cuban government extended its maximum state of alert to three additional provinces, including Havana, amid fears of flooding in low-lying areas. / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)
Buildings in Havana, Cuba, collapsed from Irma’s winds and raw power. Photo by YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images.
A flooded street during the passage of Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, Villa Clara province, 330km east of Havana, on September 9, 2017.Irma's blast through the Cuban coastline weakened the storm to a Category Three, but it is still packing 125 mile-an-hour winds (205 kilometer per hour) and was expected to regain power before hitting the Florida Keys early Sunday, US forecasters said. The Cuban government extended its maximum state of alert to three additional provinces, including Havana, amid fears of flooding in low-lying areas. / AFP PHOTO / ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)
Streets in some areas outside of Havana have flooded. Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images.
A Cuban carrying his pet wades through a flooded street in Havana, on September 10, 2017.Deadly Hurricane Irma battered central Cuba on Saturday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off homes as it headed towards Florida. Authorities said they had evacuated more than a million people as a precaution, including about 4,000 in the capital. / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)
Cuban citizens wading through the flooding (and keeping their companions safe). Photo by YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images.

If you have photos of Hurricane Irma, please feel free to share them with us on Twitter or Facebook. And on behalf of everyone here at The Points Guy, we hope wherever you are, you’re safe and close to your loved ones as this storm passes through.

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